Charles Courtenay, 17th Earl of Devon

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Charles Christopher Courtenay, 17th Earl of Devon, (born July 13, 1916 - November 19, 1998 ) was a British aristocrat and politician .

Origin and family environment

Charles Christopher Courtenay came from the House of Courtenay , a noble family documented in France since the end of the 11th century, which gained great importance in the Crusades and from which a branch with Rainald de Courtenay moved to England, where the family soon became the leading Anglo-Norman family Belonged to the sexes. In 1335 she achieved the dignity of Earl of Devon for the first time, which over the centuries was repeatedly withdrawn from the family by the crown for betraying the current title holder, but later repeatedly restituted for members of the family (e.g. 1469, 1481, 1511, 1553 ). In 1553 Edward Courtenay, 1st Earl of Devon [new count] was reinstated for good in the ruined dignity of his ancestors. His heirs are still today the Earls of Devon.


Charles Christopher Courtenay was the son of Frederick Courtenay, 16th Earl of Devon , and his wife Marguerite Silva. He was educated at Winchester College and then attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst . He then became an officer in the Coldstream Guards and rose to the rank of captain .

When his father died in 1935, he inherited his title of 17th Earl of Devon , as well as the subordinate title of 13th Baronet , which had been created in 1645 in the Baronetage of England. A hereditary seat in the House of Lords was also associated with the earldom . Since 1939 he was married to Venetia Taylor, widow of Mark Everard Pepys, 6th Earl of Cottenham , with whom he had a son and a daughter. He died on November 19, 1998 and was inherited in his titles by his son.

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Individual evidence

  1. a b Leigh Rayment's Peerage Page, entry "Devon"
  2. ^ A b Charles Mosley: Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage. : Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, Wilmington 2003, Volume 1, p. 1125
  3. a b Who is Who , year 1998, p. 531
predecessor Office successor
Frederick Courtenay Earl of Devon
Hugh Courtenay